New Delhi: Security agencies carried out massive raids at various cities across India following intelligence inputs regarding suspected terrorists on Tuesday.
According to reports, two al Qaeda operatives, believed to be members of its sleeper cell and motivating youths to join the terror group, were arrested from Jamshedpur, also known as the steel city, on the eve of Republic Day.
As per reports, East Singhbhum district police arrested Ahmed Masood Akram Sheikh alias Masood alias Monu from Dhatkidih, while Nasim Akhtar alias Raju was nabbed from Road No 6, Zakirnagar, Old Purulia Road, Senior Superintendent of Police Anoop T Mathew told reporters.
The two are suspected members of al Qaeda's sleeper cell and are tasked to motivate youths of the steel city as well as other parts of Jharkhand to join jihad, he said.
The police picked up 35-year-old Masood following inputs provided by Jamshedpur-based Abdul Sami, who was arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell from Mewat in Haryana last week.
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand Police also sounded a high alert after it received inputs on the movement of some terror suspects in Dehradun on the occasion of Republic Day.
"On this occasion, we don't want to take any chances with the security arrangement in the state. We had inputs of movement of some suspects in the state, have issued an alert. We have also circulated an image of a suspect," Sidhu told ANI.
A high alert has been declared and police teams instructed to remain on their toes after a suspicious man was spotted in Dehradun.
The image of a suspect was caught by a CCTC installed by the police and people have been asked to contact the authorities if they spotted any suspicious activity.
The Local Intelligence Unit and the police teams are currently searching the 'suspicious' man.
Separately, four terror suspects were reported to have escaped from a hotel in Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
According to reports, the missing people are likely to be of foreign origin.
Security for Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was also beefed up after police were tipped off about four suspected terrorists holing up in a hotel near the railway station in Bhubaneswar.
They fled after they were asked to provide their identity proofs at the hotel.
A search operation is underway to capture the suspects.
Also, a Bangladesh national was arrested by Kolkata Police from Alipore area of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal for secretly filming a hospital.